Ballet takes everything from you.
All your sweat, all your tears, all your dedication, all your time.
There are no drunken nights, no drugs, no boyfriends, no distractions whatsoever.
But everyone has a dirty little secret…
Working as a stripper at Club Ecstasy at night is my dark indiscretion.
Sexy, mysterious billionaire Calum shows up as a patron at my club. He’s drawn to my provocative innocence, not realizing that I am also a ballerina in his dance company. When I dance for him, he feels something stir in his cold, dead heart.
After Calum finds out my little deception, he should turn me in. After all, ballet requires sacrifice.
But to my surprise, he makes me an offer I can’t refuse.
And now I am staring into his dark blue eyes as I dance for him privately. Trying desperately to remember rule number one of being an exotic dancer.
Don’t fall for your customers.
Series: Broken Slipper Trilogy #1
I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. If you know anything about me, you know I’m a sucker for a billionaires who are allergic to relationships and they suddenly find themselves on their knees in front of a woman. But once again, I’m the odd one out, while the rest of my fellow reviewers apparently got a 5* copy.
The concept was phenomenal. Execution? Meh. So we meet former ballet dancer Calum. After his injury he went and opened a tech company that later made him a billionaire. How did he do that, you ask? I have no idea. Alongside running his company, he’s obviously not into relationships, so to get his rocks off, he spends some time at a high-end strip club. It is there where he meets Kaia. He is drawn to her because he sees that she is ballet trained. And eventually asks her to be her patron.
Unbeknownst to him, Kaia is a student at his former ballet company, where he’s one of the main beneficiaries and is later asked to be a director their spring shows; making their relationship forbidden.
I get why Kaia had to resort to such employment to keep the ship afloat as it were. Her character was however underdeveloped. We know her father is abusive, but where’s the background in that; in her family life? Why was he like that to her and her mother, and not her younger sister? You mean to tell me his father was just going to sell her off and brought his other daughter along and this was just okay to this girl? Having said that, while her naivete was endearing, she sometimes came across as just as dumb as a doorknob. I mean that paycheck she got from Calum, why didn’t she get her flat heated rather than just sit there freezing to death? Better yet, why didn’t she move from the shithole she was living in?
As for Calum his childhood is yet another mystery. He was a dancer and got hurt. How did he get into dancing? We get Anita had something to do with it, but how? After he got injured, how did he start his business? He was abused we got that but, dammit I need more!
Oh, and another mystery, apparently everyone has some connection to the mob. Kaia’s father and Honor apparently do. How? Honor has somehow got her hands on the video from Club X. how? Isn’t it supposed to be catering for the rich and famous? And she apparently knows where to find the Ukrainian mob to go kill somebody
I do think this could have been a standalone book. I honestly don’t think anything happened that warranted a trilogy. But what do I know?
Seriously, I can summarise it in 4 steps
- they met,
- they fooled around for a long ass time,
- eventually had sex,
- the end on a cliffhanger.
The bits in between could have done with some more work; the characters better developed, and the story fleshed out. Having said all that, make no mistake, I will be reading the rest of the series.